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Mike Mike Mike….Guess What Day It Is…

Scott Costello All, Blog, Featured, Probate Investing 26 Comments

Have you seen that Geico commercial with the Camel? I love that commercial! Every Wednesday either my wife or I will inevitably send a text message to the other person saying….”Guess Way Day it is?” or “Mike Mike Mike Mike….”  If you haven’t seen it here is the video… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWBhP0EQ1lA Today however is not HUMP DAY, but DEAL DAY!!!   That’s right folks, my partner and I closed Deal #5 and got a nice big fat check! Just like every …

Guest Post: Helpful Information From Ron Mead

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As most of you who have been reading my blog know, I started off in probate investing by following Ron Meads “31 Days to Profit in Probate Investing” course.  It’s one of the simplest and best probate courses out there and really does throw all the minutia to the curb and focuses on just what you need to to get started. Ron was nice enough to write up a short article for you guys/gals about getting over some of the fears of …

No More Probate List…Wait, Say What?

Scott Costello All, Blog, Probate Investing 5 Comments

Real estate investing is full of road blocks for sure and I just ran into one that sort of blindsided me.   Yesterday afternoon I got an email from my probate list supplier informing me that he will no longer be able to give me the probate list I’ve been getting.  Ah CRAP!!  (actually what I said was &@%#^@&$!, and that is a direct quote.) I asked if it was just my county that he was not going to be able …

Probate Monday: Getting My Gangster On

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As Justin McClelland likes to call it, I got my gangster on this past weekend and put out some of my bandit signs.  Instead of going out late at night, we ended up waking up before the ass crack of dawn and got out there with about 1 hour and 30 minutes left of darkness.  It was great because there is absolutely nobody out at that god forsaken time of the morning.  I want to thank Lance for waking up …

Probate Monday: Using A Greeting Card Envelope

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Today I put my November probate mailers into the mailbox for delivery.  This mailing is the first of my test run using greeting card envelopes.   My goal is to try and get more people to open them up and improve on my 4% response rate so far.   With the holidays coming I am in a big push to get as many mailers out right now because in my coaches experience the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years don’t get …

Who’s Afraid To Make An Offer?

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I’ve recently gotten off track with my Probate Monday posts, but the recent lead I’ve been working is a probate lead so I give you Probate Monday On Friday… After figuring out the repair costs for the Tall Timber house I had one last thing to do and that was actually call Jim (the owner) up and make the offer.   I haven’t made to many offers in the past so there are still some nerves, but I was pretty …

Probate Monday: Sending Out Mailers Using SI Lead Manager

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It’s the beginning of the month, so that means I’ve got some mail to send out.  Not only that, but I’ve gotten SI Lead Manager to the point where I can use it pretty well with all my mailings.  This being the case I thought it be a perfect chance to create a quick video on how I’d about mail merging my probate lead list with  my probate letter of choice and then printing it out. http://www.viddler.com/explore/Scostell/videos/2/

Great Tip if You are Anything Like Me

Scott Costello All, Blog, Probate Investing 14 Comments

One of my biggest annoyances when sending out mailers is making sure I have all the needed supplies.  I always run out of stamps, envelopes or even the paper that I’m using.  When I run out of these things it means a 40 minute round trip to the nearest office supply store to pick these things up.   This doesn’t work out to well when you only have a certain amount of time to put the mailers together.   At the end …

Probate Monday: Plenty of Time to Think

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This past weekend was a very busy one.  On Friday after work my wife and I drove five plus hours down to Virginia.  To say it was a pleasant drive would have been an outright lie.  Here is a brief list of what we ran into… – Bumper to Bumper traffic as soon as we got started (it was rush hour) – Monsoon rains – Marble sized hail stones pelting our car – construction upon construction – DC Beltway – …

Flip This Success Story – Probate

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If you don’t follow Steph Davis’ blog, FlipThisWholesaler.net, she does success story interviews every so often and her current episode is about Greg Ward.  Greg’s first successful wholesaling deal just happened to be from a Probate property! This really interested me of course so I wanted to share This is a good story, so have a listen… Greg’s Probate Success Story

My Real Estate Quarter Year Progress Report

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Probate Goals Back in January I posted about my one and only goal I’m focusing on this year, Getting my first probate deal.  If you’ve been following my blog you’ll know that I did not succeed in accomplishing that goal which had a target date of March 1st.  This goal is still however at the forefront of my efforts and it will happen sooner then later.  Over the past couple months I have made some very good progress and have, …

Probate Monday: What I’m using for my postcards

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Sorry for posting Probate Monday on Tuesday but I wanted to add a video how too and then realized I didn’t have my recorder setup after reformatting my hard drive this weekend.   Now onto the content…. I got a little behind with  my February mailings when I was couch ridden and couldn’t get to the post office myself to mail out the probate letters.  This meant the postcards are going out at the end of the month instead of mid-month …

Lessons Learned: The Wrong Kind of Busy

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In last week’s Lessons Learned I talked about how important it is to stop hiding behind technology and actually use the phone to communicate with people.  For some using the phone is natural but for others like myself it is going to be a challenge because we have to overcome habit and fear. This past week was a pretty busy week for myself, I rarely watched TV and was contently doing something that was Real Estate Investing related.  Let me …

Calls Calls Calls!!!

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I figured out the secret to getting your phone to ring off the hook from sending out mailers.  This is something none of the pros will ever mention, heck, I bet they don’t even know about it!  Do you want to know?  Well I’m gonna tell you.  Have foot surgery!   From Sunday evening to Tuesday afternoon I”ve had 6 calls from my mailers, yes 6 calls.  That might not excite some of you who are sending out 1000s of mailers, …